Overall, I would say that Finks manages to get his point across - he manages to highlight the terrible things being done to children that are kidnapped or sold into slavery - but it wasn't really quite engaging enough. The book could have benefited from a better editor. Mar 01, Beverly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really loved this book.
That may sound weird considering the subject matter children forced into sexual slavery. However, it was very well-written and thoughtful. It's written in 3rd person and alternates between both Tavi a young boy and Javier the head of the trafficking ring. The reader is able to "see" the events from both sides and the characters are very believable. At times, it felt like I was living the crap right along with them.
However, they are descriptive enough to depict the true horror of Tavi's and the other boys' lives. The topic is very close to the author's heart and he encourages readers to get involved to help the estimated 2,, children forced into the sex trade. The ending isn't an HEA but it is hopeful. The story continues in Book 2. Can't wait to read it! Feb 19, Kathy DeShong rated it really liked it. This was an excellent book on a very sad situation in life. Human trafficking is a societal problem many people don't believe is real It is!
They criticize the victim because they don't try to escape or fight back. Read about Stockholm Syndrome, maybe you'll have better insight. My only disappointment in the novel, which is why I only gave it 4 Stars was disconnect between the prologue, the story and the ending which I have written the author about.
It is a suspenseful read th This was an excellent book on a very sad situation in life. It is a suspenseful read that I recommend mature readers to read. Feb 11, Mark rated it really liked it. I typically read Christian fiction, but this was free for Kindles and sounded interesting. It was well written, though as typical with secular fiction, it had way too much bad language and was bit graphic, but not overly. The author did a great job through fiction, to show the plight of boys sold into the sex trade. The book is sad and left me wanting to do something to help kids trapped in sexual or other slavery.
Jun 29, Paige Dearth rated it liked it.
I liked this book, but the ending was lame and aimed only to sell the second book. I also read the second book of this series, which fell flat. The author left the first book with a forced a cliffhanger which I wasn't thrilled about the technique and so I bought the second - oh well. Jan 28, Kas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 07, Kol Anderson rated it did not like it. Feb 26, Carolyn Weidner johnson rated it really liked it.
Although a book of fiction, it's disturbing to think that this could really happen. Sep 28, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 12, Dakota Hurlburt rated it it was amazing. This book was truly stunning and horrifying and heart breaking. It is very unsettling and upsetting but things like what this book is about does happen.
Turning a blind eye doesn't mean it isn't and I wish I didn't have the history I do because poor kids like these need homes. I would recommend for anyone who wants to have their heart torn out but it is a little descriptive it says so at the beginning so you probably will cringe and want to cry a lot. If you want to know what it's about read t This book was truly stunning and horrifying and heart breaking.
If you want to know what it's about read the description. I cannot wait to read the next book to find out what happens to the boys although I am expecting my heart to break. Aug 18, Hester Maree rated it liked it Shelves: This is a novel about Tavi, a teenage boy handed over to a group posing as educators, who promised his parents better schooling for him and the prospect of going to university. He soon becomes wise to the lie when he is forced into slavery.
Tavi's character is well portrayed by the author as are those of a few other boys. I empathised with them and felt their helplessness at the hands of their heartless, immoral traffickers, but I felt more needed to be said to round off their characters. This no This is a novel about Tavi, a teenage boy handed over to a group posing as educators, who promised his parents better schooling for him and the prospect of going to university. I expected a more factual look into this barbaric industry and would have liked more general information on human trafficking as a whole, as the title suggests.
Be warned of graphic descriptions of violence. Some editing is required. Mar 12, Victoria rated it it was ok. I had been looking forward to reading this for a few years and finally decided to do it. When I got nearly halfway through, I gave up. Although I read about human trafficking on a regular basis, this book didn't really hold my attention at all and became a chore to try to read.
The book started out pretty good. A boy is promised an education and the parents really believe that is what he will be receiving. Turns out it is a brothel for boys to be sold sexually in. It is about the sale of boys int I had been looking forward to reading this for a few years and finally decided to do it. It is about the sale of boys into sexual exploitative purpose and is truly an upsetting and real situation, however, I just feel the author didn't captivate me, as I hoped.
I wish more people wrote about this particular subject though, as I think trafficking boys are overlooked and not talked about enough at all. Jan 07, RoxAnne Simon rated it it was amazing. Hard to read, and hard to put down I chose this rating because it made me think about what I know about child slavery, and I hope that others take the time to read this book and get involved in stopping sexual exploitation of minors. Reading this room the view of the child is heart wrenching. Knowing that the "boss" is someone that no one would even look at as being a pump makes me realize that anyone could be capable of doing this, not just who we would assume does.
I received this book for free, Hard to read, and hard to put down I chose this rating because it made me think about what I know about child slavery, and I hope that others take the time to read this book and get involved in stopping sexual exploitation of minors. I received this book for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. I will be buying book 2. Take the time to read this, and get involved with helping these children to escape this brutality. Mar 06, Maria Cabral rated it it was amazing. I like stories were I can find the good in people. I know the world is full of negativity and human trafficking is a real tragedy of our times, but I can see the hope for some of the characters and the strength to overcome their fate.
Aug 28, Sarah Whitehurst rated it really liked it. This was incredibly sad and disturbing. May 21, Jenni rated it liked it Shelves: A couple of quick observations: Not even friendship, really. He is, though, stolen from his parents and forced to become a sex worker at a very young age sold daily to men looking for young boys.
If those are triggers for you, do not read this book. Human trafficking is tough subject matter, and this is a serious novel. The author pro A couple of quick observations: The author properly warns readers in the blurb and from the beginning of the book. I know what happened to the fictional Tavi is actually a reality for many, many children in this world, and I believe it should have been more bluntly stated. Boys for Sale gives you alternating POVs: It left me feeling disconnected as a reader.
Maybe you have your reasons the choices you make, but to someone else, it might be the wrong choice, a horrific choice, I get it. I never knew how Tavi felt. What about his family? Did he miss his baby brothers, sister, mom and dad?
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There were times when I had a better handle on what Javier was thinking or feeling, and that didn't sit well with me. I didn't want or need to feel sorry for Javier! I was being told, not shown. The writing was decent, and the story captured me; reading was easy enough because I was compelled to know what happened to Tavi. There was also a strange prologue that was not connected to what happened in the story except that it featured Tavi. It would have been nice to at least tie in that loose end in this book.
I can only hope the author addresses it in the second story. All sex-related crimes and also crimes related with sexual perversion are usually taboo. The fact that they can affect boys too is a taboo within the first one. I also liked what the author says in the prologue, which has to do with people not being all good or all bad. And I think this is a valuable approach to any character depiction, because I agree with this point of view. I think the author has managed to depict this in some ways. But, again, it is a minor issue. Finally, another interesting aspect of the book is the mixture of landscapes, name origins, and situations.
Some times you feel you are reading a story that takes place in India, and sometimes in the States. I think you could make a point of that, showing that human trafficking is a widespread problem; it happens everywhere. Sep 17, IAmAmandaBazil rated it it was amazing. This book moved me, not because it brought to light a serious life-altering, disturbing, and sickening issue young, innocent children are being forced into, but because it also hit home.
I gave this book four stars because even though it could have been told a bit better, with more character description and better character development as well as description of the location they were in and the environment in proper detail, the author was still able to tell the story SO WELL! Sometimes too much d This book moved me, not because it brought to light a serious life-altering, disturbing, and sickening issue young, innocent children are being forced into, but because it also hit home. It's only right that something like this becomes a global issue that must be solved.
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Avoid this paragraph if you've never read this story because what I'm about to right is a spoiler. In real cases, the government may also be well aware of this too, but excuse it because it generates a lot of money for their own enjoyment and satisfaction.
Money and material affairs are now more important than the mortality of children? This story was amazing, and I was rooting for Tavi, Mac R. Freedom isn't a privilege, which is what I think Finks was trying to show us with the look into the world Javier and his family's "picture perfect life". They clearly thought this was so, but as the story unfolds for Tavi and he meets the children at the park we learn that freedom is a right, and everyone is entitled to it. I could go on and on because this book touched sooo many great themes but this is a review, not the discussion board so I'll stop myself right here and end this by saying READ.
It has hard to stomach scenes and cruelty that'll make you curse with every page you turn, but it's so worth it. First off, this book is a page-turner. It not only cries out for you to continue turning pages, it refuses to leave your mind if do somehow mange to break it's grasp and put it down long enough to resume your usual routine. That said, this novel is also very, very difficult to read. I devoured all Mr. Finks wrote on these pages in 24 hours, but I did so with a continuous internal struggle.
As noted in the description, this is a story about human trafficking. Not just people being sold into modern day slavery, but young boys being sold into sexual slavery with men. Finks, while graphic at times, does not expose the reader to unnecessary horrors of this world for shock value. Much of the horrific events are touched upon only, leaving the reader to fill in the blanks. In some ways, I find this to be worse, as I have an imagination that lacks such filters.
But these events are a necessary part of understanding the story and the characters within. These characters are vibrant representations of people. No person is "all good" or "all evil" that any one knows for certain anyway , and likewise, these characters are varying degrees of good and bad, but each is uniquely human. These boys will attach themselves to your thoughts, and if you're anything like me, to your heart as well.
From a psychological standpoint, this is a fascinating tale. It could take place anywhere in the world, including your own city. And it's terrifying to know this is taking place under our noses 2,, times a year. That's two million children each year, forever changed by this experience. The men in this story could be our grocers, our bankers, our coaches, our family.
And like any black market sale, it is their demand that drives the supply. This is not a novel filled with warm fuzzies. You aren't likely to finish reading it and think the world is rose colored. It is a novel of humanity, struggle, victories, and loss. But one you won't regret reading if you can handle doing so. Dec 04, Dawn Edwards rated it really liked it. Finks has exposed some nasty things happening to children, including children sold into slavery by their parents, who have been sold a bill of goods that they're so bright that somebody wants to pay to send the children to schools they'd not be able to attend otherwise.
While the story takes place in another country, it is one happening all over the world including in the civilized countries such as ours. Unfortunately, many people who are aware of these abuses, are e 4. Unfortunately, many people who are aware of these abuses, are either unable to do anything about them, or are ignorant of what it would take to get these practices stopped.
This is illustrated dramatically in the story. This is not a pretty book, nor a fun read. It is a story of children abused in the worst possible ways everywhere in the world, but dramatized in a fictional book with fictional characters. Finks does an excellent job of making all of his fictional characters real including the average people who don't know about or turn a blind eye to the sexual enslavement of children to the victims themselves and also the perpetrators. The story is marred some by the need for quality proof-reading.
There are quite a few misspellings and dropped words throughout the book. If this book and its sequel do anything to spur people to do something meaningful to save these children, they have accomplished a great thing. Finks has accomplished something worthwhile by exposing these practices. I will be looking forward to the sequel and hope to find some indication that there are people doing something about these heinous practices.
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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Other books in the series. Boys For Sale 2 books. Books by Marc Finks. Trivia About Boys For Sale. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Boys For Sale. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His efforts have resulted in the rescue of many hundreds of women and children as well as the successful prosecution of many traffickers. Read about his journey and the case for Nvader in his book, God in a Brothel. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators.
And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement. It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption. In Our Backyard invites the reader in to the lives of human trafficking victims, survivors and the traffickers themselves with true stories.
These stories not only inform the reader, but also take them quickly through a well-documented crash course about human trafficking in the United States. A quick read which includes study questions for small groups. More than 17, people are trafficked into the United States each year. Even with major antitrafficking efforts in place around much of the country, sexual exploitation, forced labor, and agricultural slavery continue as the norm in many places of the United States. Exploring leads in their own hometown area of Atlanta, investigators Charles Powell and Dillon Burroughs unearthed an ugly truth—a dark subculture of human trafficking in their own neighborhood.
Join their gripping journey that will shock readers and motivate a new generation to join the struggle for a nation—and world—where every individual can respond to slavery with Not in My Town. Thanks to blogger 9to20 , a trafficking survivor, for suggesting this book. If I had to recommend just one book that effectively communicates the plight of young girls and women around the world while offering practical solutions to improve their conditions, this is the book that I would recommend to you. Overflowing with true accounts, relevant information, and incredible insight, Pulitzer Prize winners Kristof and WuDunn have created a literary masterpiece.
This book addresses some heavy material such as global poverty, gender inequality, and gender-based violence. Her story peels the cover off of this horrific criminal activity and gives dedicated activists as well as casual bystanders a glimpse into the underbelly of trafficking. And it all happened while living at home without her parents ever knowing about it.
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Involuntarily involved in a large underground criminal ring, Ms. Flores endured more as a child than most adults will ever face their entire lives. She had never been out of the country, nor had she any desire to travel far from home. Then, on June 16th, , her life changed forever with the death of her year-old son from an undiagnosed heart ailment. By the time she returned home, she had a new mission: Today, she is the mother of two children adopted from Vietnam. More than that, she and her husband have created a foundation called Touch A Life , dedicated to helping desperate children in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana.
Finally, a book focused on the customers that provide the money, and therefore the demand, for sex trafficking. With a foreword from New York Times columnist and reporter Nicholas Kristof, The Road of Lost Innocence recounts the experiences of former child sex slave and anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, from her early life, when she was sold into sexual slavery at age 12, to her eventual escape and awakening as an activist. She has orchestrated raids on brothels and rescued sex workers, some as young as five and six; she has built shelters, started schools, and founded an organization that has so far saved more than four thousand women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.
Her memoir will leave you awestruck by her tenacity and courage and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change. Inside the Business of Modern Slavery , Siddharth Kara conducted one of the most comprehensive, systematic accounts of the global sex-trafficking industry. At a time when more people than ever before are enslaved somewhere on the planet, Aaron Cohen is a slave hunter — working to find and free human beings from various forms of bondage.
Dawn Jewell weaves the stories of individual victims with a careful examination of the realities that propelled them into prostitution in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Alongside, she highlights ministries that are reaching one life at a time through prayerful visits to strip clubs, bars and brothels. The transforming power of the Gospel shines in men and women who have left lives of sexual exploitation and started new lives of dignity.
Dawn traveled to Athens, London, Amsterdam, Brazil, the Philippines and beyond to interview exploited men and women and hear their stories firsthand. She trekked alongside volunteers and leaders to red light districts to discover how Christians extend a hand to people without hope. Haugen leads us on a journey to freedom from the triviality and fear that can stifle our lives.
In Nobodies , award-winning journalist John Bowe exposes the outsourcing, corporate chicanery, immigration fraud, and sleights of hand that allow forced labor to continue in the United States while the rest of us notice nothing but the everyday low price at the checkout counter. Based on thorough and often dangerous research, exclusive interviews, and eyewitness accounts, Nobodies takes you inside three illegal workplaces where employees are virtually or literally enslaved.
From poverty-stricken countries to affluent American suburbs, slaves toil as sweatshop workers, sex slaves, migrant workers, and domestic servants. From the memoirs of Micheline, a Haitian girl coerced into domestic work in Connecticut, to the confessions of Abdel Nasser, a Mauritanian master turned abolitionist, these stories heighten awareness of a global human rights crisis that can no longer be ignored.
From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American , contributed significantly to the slim body of literature written by survivors of modern-day slavery. And no one wants to reveal that he once was a dog. Your reviews of any of these books, or others on the topic are welcome as well. Buy local by finding a local independent bookstore in your area. I found this great thread at http: Interesting reading and shows what anti-trafficking organisations are up against. Selena, Thanks so much for reading and commenting. This organisation The Grey Man now operates in a number of Asian countries.
Skinner goes into fairly deep detail about the politics of the USA and how they have affected for good or bad the slavery problem. Great comment and great book recommendation. I believe I do actually have it listed, but it might be my list is too hard to navigate. Thanks for your comment, and sorry I am slow to reply. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Stay updated via RSS. FreeTheSlaves has many docs. Can't wait for the book! Like African slaves in past centuries, many people from around the world are being held captive and forced to work. Some people are physically beaten to make them work. A few others are sold into slavery. But most people are tricked into becoming a slave. They are given false promises of money, new jobs, educations, and better lives. Then the promises are broken. The victims of human trafficking are trapped.
Human trafficking is taking place in almost every country of the world. In fact, there is a good chance that modern-day slaves live not too far from where you live. According to a report from the U. State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century, both here and abroad. July 11, at 6: January 12, at 6: October 24, at 7: October 24, at April 27, at 9: April 9, at 8: March 13, at March 13, at 7: May 27, at 6: August 7, at 2: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.
Shop for it at Xulon Press or Amazon. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war—for a huge fee—by taking them to safety.
For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task.
He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Buy it at Goodreads. According to the U. State Department, at least ,—, impoverished young women, many of them orphans, from Eastern and Central Europe, are lured with promises of jobs as waitresses, nannies or maids in Western Europe or North America.
Instead, they find themselves imprisoned in apartments, massage parlors or brothels in countries ranging from South Korea, Bosnia and Japan to Israel and Germany. Not in My Town: New Hope Digital Amazon. A Global Perspective — Louise Shelley,